Efficacy of different formulations of fermented organic concoctions from fish entrails and banana stem on the growth and yield performance of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants

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Efficacy of different formulations of fermented organic concoctions from fish entrails and banana stem on the growth and yield performance of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants

Anabelle Poloyapoy, Emelor Camingawan, Joliboy Conol, Ferlyn Logronio, Rosanilio Yagos, Kathleen Bombeo
J. Bio. Env. Sci.24( 4), 113-124, April 2024.
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Abstract

Synthetic fertilizers used in food production have been associated with various negative environmental and human health effects. Consequently, recent attention has shifted towards studies and trials to formulate and apply organic fertilizers. This research focused on formulating an organic fertilizer derived from a blend of discarded fish entrails and banana stems. Additionally, it aimed to assess the efficacy of different formulations of this concoction on the growth and yield performance of Solanum lycopersicum plants. Two hundred and ten Solanum lycopersicum plants were employed in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Seven treatments, each with a varying formulation level, were established, and data, including root length, shoot length, number and weight of fruits, and dry matter, were collected and analyzed. The results revealed a highly significant difference in the growth parameters (p-value < 0.01) and in the number and total weight of fruits (p-value < 0.05). The highest dry matter was obtained in T2 and T7. Moreover, T7 proved to be the most effective fermented organic concoction, recording the highest values for growth and yield parameters of tomatoes. Consequently, the developed mixture is strongly recommended for tomato growers as an eco-friendly and long-lasting organic fertilizer.

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